"She helped me discern what this call was all about. She's been there from the beginning." On the surface, these sisters' life stories seem radically different, but what they have in common was a connection with another woman, one that altered the trajectory of their lives — someone who sparked a desire for religious life they might not have known existed.
GSR Today - While we love reflecting back on a year of hard work and sharing our favorite stories, we also find it useful to turn to your example to see what stories resonated in 2018. (It's no surprise that coverage of the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates the list.)
From Where I Stand - Every day, we find ourselves in a new political quandary that threatens us, unsettles us, divides us rather than unifies us. And worse, the split emanates from the top down.
Women who worked in Ireland's "Magdalene laundries" but were denied compensation under the state's Magdalene Restorative Justice program have won their long-running battle to have their applications reassessed. New legislation will ensure that payments to the women will be fast-tracked by the Irish state in an effort to make amends for the delay they have endured over their disputed compensation for their time working in the laundries.
Living life as a woman religious requires me to remember that faith permeates every aspect of my life. This includes what I buy, what my community invests in, and how I treat other people. It also includes sharing that faith with others, including corporations.
Horizons - This experience of sharing community at the Catholic Worker house with people from different spiritualities, different professions and trades, different races and ages, different gender expressions and personalities: It got under my skin.
Three women, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, shared their harrowing accounts during a Nov. 27 testimony-sharing and panel discussion in Rome, meant to raise up women's voices in the global discussion about abuse and cover-up.
GSR Today - As I meet various groups of sisters, I am always curious about the stories of their founding and why, with so many options of those long-ago founded groups, women choose to start something new.
From Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: This past Election Day demonstrated that care for the common good is in the hearts of our people. Now we have to ask ourselves — what's next?
GSR Today - Invited to address the bishops' assembly, where the sex abuse crisis dominated discussions, Sr. Teresa Maya, past president of LCWR, offered wisdom of women religious on leadership, having been "tried and tested in many ways."
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